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Middle-class past of mother revealed as father extradited to NSW over death of baby

The mother whose boyfriend is accused of murdering their baby had a very middle-class upbringing and attended private school, it emerged on Thursday.

The woman, 23, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attended the fee-paying Clonard College, in Geelong.

She went on to study for a Bachelor of Psychology Services at Deakin University in Victoria, where she was a sports captain.  

A former teacher from Clonard College described the former pupil in glowing terms, according toThe Australian. 

‘She was a gorgeous kid. As far as I can remember, there were certainly no family issues when she was at school.’

 

The woman, 23, who cannot be named for legal reasons, studied for a Bachelor of Psychology Services at Deakin University in Victoria

The fresh insight into the woman comes as her partner, 47, has been extradited to NSW to face murder charges after his baby daughter was found dead on a Queensland beach 

The fresh insight into the woman comes as her partner, 47, has been extradited to NSW to face murder charges after his baby daughter was found dead on a Queensland beach 

It is known the family lived rough and used a rundown black van

It is known the family lived rough and used a rundown black van

Emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade at Surfers Paradise in Queensland at 12.30am on Monday 

Nappies and an empty bucket of KFC (pictured) lie on the ground just metres from the shelter made from sticks and twigs

When they weren’t using the van, they were camping out in makeshift shelters

The fresh insight comes as the woman’s partner, 47, was extradited to NSW to face murder charges. 

Emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade at Surfers Paradise in Queensland at 12.30am on Monday.

A the naked body of a nine-month-old girl had been found washed ashore with her nappy nearby.

Police spoke to the 47-year-old father and 23-year-old mother and arrested the man on Tuesday. 

Strike force detectives applied for the man’s extradition and it was granted on Wednesday at Southport Magistrates Court.

Police escorted the man to Tweed Heads Police Station, arriving just after 10pm. 

He will appear in a Tweed Heads Court on Thursday.

 It’s alleged the baby girl was thrown into the Jack Evans Boat Harbour at Tweed Heads in NSW and her empty pram left alongside the waterway.

The girl’s body is believed to have drifted 30km in the current for two days before washing up at a Surfers Paradise beach.

Seven News Sydney reported that authorities believe the body was in the water for as long as 36 hours before it washed back up on shore.  

‘This is an extremely complex investigation as it crosses jurisdictional boundaries, time zones,’ Tweed Police Detective Inspector Brendan Cullen told reporters. 

The little girl was found dead in the water (pictured) by a passerby in the early hours of Monday morning Paramedics desperately tried to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene

The little girl was found dead in the water (pictured) by a passerby in the early hours of Monday morning Paramedics desperately tried to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene

The girl's body is believed to have drifted 30km in the current for two days before washing up at Surfers Paradise beach where she was found by passers-by early on Monday

The girl’s body is believed to have drifted 30km in the current for two days before washing up at Surfers Paradise beach where she was found by passers-by early on Monday

The girl, her father, mother and two-year-old sibling were tracked on CCTV travelling from the Gold Coast to Tweed Heads on Saturday, sources familiar with the case told AAP on Wednesday.

Queensland Police later captured images of the parents and the two-year-old catching a bus at Coolangatta and returning to Queensland.

Queensland Police Service launched an investigation with NSW Police Force detectives assisting. 

The matter was handed over to NSW Police Force once it was deemed the death happened in that state.

Homicide Squad and Tweed/Byron Police District detectives now lead the investigation under Strike Force Palua. 

The discovery of the nine-month-old baby at the Surfers Paradise beach has sent shockwaves across the country and left a pair of local women in mourning

The discovery of the nine-month-old baby at the Surfers Paradise beach has sent shockwaves across the country and left a pair of local women in mourning

The court was told the father was a violent schizophrenic who had previously tried to attack a Gold Coast City Council officer who was warning him not to camp in the sand dunes with his family

 Tributes have been laid out for the nine-month-old girl who was found dead on Monday morning

Queensland Police made several formal notifications to the Department of Child Safety about the baby, who was living rough.

The family had been placed into emergency accommodation, but the parents chose to leave.

At an extradition hearing on Wednesday the baby’s father faced the court wearing just a white hospital gown. 

The hearing was briefly delayed because the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced a number of charges that had to be dealt first.

Southport Magistrates Court was told he was a violent schizophrenic who had previously tried to attack a Gold Coast City Council officer who was warning him not to camp in the sand dunes with his family.

The tragic reality of the infant's life has been revealed - a far cry from the glitz and glamour that is normally associated with Surfers Paradise (pictured)

Police have established a crime scene along the section of Surfers Paradise beach (pictured) where the little girl was found dead 

Police established a crime scene at the Surfers Paradise beach (right), a far cry from the glitz and glamour that is normally associated with Surfers Paradise (left)

He had hurled abuse at the officer, calling him a ‘c***’, and threatened him with an 1.5 metre stick. The enraged man had also thrown bottles at the terrified council worker. 

Defence lawyer Sunil Dutt told the court the father was trying to protect his family and that he had a history of alcoholism, drug addiction and violence.

Mr Dutt went on to make clear his client was also on a disability pension. 

Mr Costanzo sentenced the man to 12 months’ jail after he pleaded guilty to public nuisance.

It is understood the girl’s mother, a 23-year-old transient, has been released from police custody without charge and may be treated as a witness. 

She is now under the care of Queensland mental health services. Her eldest child is also in state care. 

Queensland detectives have been ‘deeply distressed’ by the circumstance of the child’s death, the sources said.

 

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